Viewing: Machu Picchu
Looking for an unforgettable way to ring in the New Year? Join us on a special trek with llamas through the Lares Valley and celebrate New Year’s Day in Machu Picchu. Llama Expeditions is giving a $200 per person discount to the first eight people who sign up for the trip by November 25, 2012.
During this special trek, you will hike with llamas through remote rural communities in the Peruvian Andes. The trek opens a window into the daily lives of Peruvians who still live in much the same was as their ancestors did. (more…)
I had dinner with a friend a few weeks ago. She mentioned that she and her husband are both interested in seeing Machu Picchu one day. They were worried that they weren’t fit enough to hike the Inca Trail though. I told her that she could take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes) and the bus from there to Machu Picchu.
Most of the trains to Machu Picchu Pueblo depart from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo. There are also a few routes available from Urubamba, but they have a very limited schedule. (more…)
To get to Machu Picchu involves flying from Lima to Cusco, driving from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (newly christened Machu Picchu Pueblo), and finally hopping on a bus to reach the famed Inca site. Given plane and train schedules and a park closing time of 5 p.m. sharp, even a headlong rush to Machu Picchu would take a minimum of two days. (more…)
When you visit Machu Picchu, you should definitely bring plenty of cash. There are no ATMs at the ancient citadel. And, while there are two ATMs in the nearby town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly and sometimes still called Aguas Calientes), I discovered that you cannot always count on those ATMs to work.
Machu Picchu weather is typical of mountainous regions: unpredictable. I have experienced everything from torrential rainstorms that I thought would wash the ruins away to perfect blue-sky days. So how can you make sure that you are prepared to enjoy your tour of one of the world’s greatest wonders? (more…)
I’ve never been to the Pyramid of Giza. But, I have been to Machu Picchu…four times! The first three times, I traveled by train. The last time, I hiked the Inca Trail and arrived at the Sun Gate just as the sun was rising.
I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Machu Picchu so special. But, there is something undeniably mystical about the place. It is where I healed a rocky relationship with my father, fell in love for the first time after my divorce, and deepened a friendship that remains one of my most cherished to this day. (more…)
I am currently organizing a trip to Peru for 10 people. They want to participate in the Inti Raymi celebration next June. It will be during the height of the tourist season. Cusco will be swimming in visitors!
In fact, I’ve been amazed at how fast hotels and even trains to Machu Picchu are filling up. This Sunday, when I checked the train schedules, I was surprised to see that some departures had already sold out. And, with Machu Picchu’s new entrance restriction of 2,500 people a day, I expect tickets to the popular site will be snapped up quickly, as well. (more…)
Before you start packing, get a small rolling suitcase or manageable backpack. Don’t try to bring a big suitcase to Machu Picchu.
First, the train doesn’t have sufficient space for large suitcases. Most passengers stow suitcases under the seat, on the rack overhead, or in available space located at the ends of each car. (more…)
This year marks the centennial anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s rediscovery of Machu Picchu. Predictably, record-breaking crowds have converged upon the ancient citadel.
To protect Machu Picchu from the damage so many enthusiastic tourists could inflict, the Peruvian government has restricted the number of daily visitors to 2,500 people.
This new restriction has caught some travelers by surprise. Many have been left stranded for days in Aguas Calientes when Machu Picchu is “sold out.”
After four days of hiking the Inca Trail, I entered Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. The Inca citadel lay in the quiet hush of dawn below, some areas still obscured by the shadows of the surrounding mountains. It was easy to imagine what it must have been like for Hiram Bingham. Of course, Machu Picchu made it on the list of Top 10 Lost Cities. (more…)